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home : news : arts & entertainment March 21, 2019

Illinois State Museum receives highest national recognition
The Illinois State Museum has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The Illinois State Museum has been accredited since 1972. All museums must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status.
Thursday, March 21, 2019


Review: In 'Us,' Jordan Peele holds a dark mirror to America
Jordan Peele has tightened his grip in "Us," a less satirical and more slaughterhouse horror parable than the writer-director's astonishing debut, "Get Out," that despite its deficiencies will leave all who enter its shadowy world convinced of Peele's growing command as a singular conjurer of American nightmares.
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Art Talk Tuesday schedule
Art Talk Tuesday at Flourishes Gallery and Studios is open to any interested person to attend. The group meets from 3 to 4:30 on most Tuesday afternoons and is free. Bring materials if listed. Sharing time happens in the first half hour and proceeds into creating time with the following topics.  No appointment is necessary.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Johnny Appleseed at Lincoln Log Cabin March 23
Join us at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site on Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 p.m. for a family event “A Visit with Johnny Appleseed.”
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

David Stollery's career: From Disney to designer
Actors who leave Hollywood don’t automatically flourish in a second career, but David Stollery did. First working in film during the late 1940s, Stollery appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows, including many Disney productions, by the time he was 18. Then, he suddenly quit the business.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Be Kind, Please Rewind: Oregon Blockbuster is the last one on planet Earth
There are challenges that come with running the last Blockbuster Video on the planet.
Monday, March 18, 2019

Lake Land spring concert
The Lake Land College Community Choir invites the community to attend its annual spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 in the Lake Land College Theater.
Monday, March 18, 2019

Foursome: Stieglitz, O'Keeffe, Strand, Salsbury
It’s been almost a century since Alfred Stieglitz scandalized polite society with nude photographs of his lover and soon-to-be-wife Georgia O’Keeffe.
Saturday, March 16, 2019

For the first time, a major Native American art exhibit is being shown in the American Wing of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, rather than in Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas.
Saturday, March 16, 2019

When less is just right -- a springtime cleansing salad
Cool, clean salads may not seem appropriate for March, when the weather wobbles between the tentative spring rays of sunshine and the stubborn gray remnants of winter. But maybe that's why this salad is perfectly timed.
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Tasty bites for Easter meals
Easter dinner is a special occasion, presenting an opportunity for family and friends to gather, celebrate their faith and give thanks for their blessings.
Saturday, March 16, 2019

How Kelli O'Hara honors her late friend onstage every night
Kelli O’Hara was devastated by the recent death of fellow Broadway veteran Marin Mazzie, so she decided to honor her friend quietly onstage as she performs one of Mazzie’s old roles in the latest revival of “Kiss Me, Kate.”
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Wall-Street Journal Best Sellers
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Museum After Hours Series features "The Art of Tattoos"
The Illinois State Museum's popular Museum After Hours series continues with "The Art of Tattoos" on Friday, March 22 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the ISM in downtown Springfield.
Saturday, March 16, 2019

April is Earth Month at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield
The Illinois State Museum has a number of special events, family events, and scheduled programs with the focus on the Earth during April 2019.
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Spend an afternoon with Mr. Lincoln
As the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death approaches, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate his life with a one-man play that captures his humor, passion and heartache.
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Tyson will return to TV after sexual misconduct probe
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson will return to the air on two TV shows that had been put on hold for a sexual misconduct investigation.
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Millikin School of Theatre & Dance brings "Chelsea Sunrise" to the stage March 22-24
Millikin University's School of Theatre and Dance will present the production of "Chelsea Sunrise" March 22-24 at Albert Taylor Theatre in Shilling Hall on Millikin's campus. The music of "Chelsea Sunrise" was written by Mike Ford and Murray Foster, and book by Murray Foster.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Review: The new animated 'Wonder Park' is at war with itself
There's always that moment on roller coasters when the lap bar gets locked down and you slowly, agonizingly ride up to the first drop. You know the next few minutes are going to be harrowing — you just don't know how bad. So here's a warning about the new animated amusement park film "Wonder Park" — it's going to be more harrowing than you can imagine.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra to accompany Alabama Ballet
Audiences young and young at heart will be enchanted by the artistry of the Alabama Ballet's performance of Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty," accompanied by members of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (MDSO), on Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. at Kirkland Fine Arts Center on Millikin's campus.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

'Black Leopard, Red Wolf' is epic tale by Marlon James
"Black Leopard, Red Wolf" by Marlon James is a serpentine, epic tale set in a fantastic realm of evil monsters and villains and flawed heroes. At its center is a quest for a boy, a child whom we know is dead from the first line of the novel.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

'Malta' blend of history and thrills
Steve Berry’s pragmatic hero Cotton Malone soon regrets taking on what is supposed to be a simple mission in “The Malta Exchange,” the latest blend of history and thrills.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Music: Reese Wynans hosts guitar summit on first solo album
With a career going back to the 1960s, keyboard player Reese Wynans is probably best known for his time recording and touring with Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Film review: Julianne Moore shines in radiant midlife study 'Gloria Bell'
Everyone is vanishing around Julianne Moore’s title character in Sebastian Lelio’s “Gloria Bell.” The disappearances don’t come with blood-curdling shrieks or thundering score cues, but with the humdrum ebb of middle age. People just move away or recede from view.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Reserved seating available for THS musical 'Cinderella'
The 2019 THS Spring Musical production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella opens at the end of March. Student actors and musicians have been working long hours to bring the beloved fairy tale to life on stage.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Nevada ranch once owned by Bing Crosby for sale for $7.3M
A northeastern Nevada ranch once owned by Bing Crosby is for sale for $7,280,000.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Smokey Robinson remembers Aretha Franklin
For Smokey Robinson, the late Aretha Franklin was more than just the Queen of Soul.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Dog hike, Fort Daniel Conservation Area Mar. 9
Bring your dog for guided Dog Hike at Fort Daniel Conservation Area on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. We’ll learn how to hike safely with our pets and share hiking tips.
Monday, March 4, 2019

Book review: 'Freefall' is entertaining, suspenseful
“Freefall” begins as an action-packed/heart-stopping thriller as it logically and smoothly leads into the self-examination of two women estranged from each other but still united by love. 
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Portrait thought to be of Washington's enslaved chef was misidentified
A portrait long thought to be of George Washington’s enslaved chef, who cooked for the former president at Mount Vernon and Philadelphia before escaping, is actually not of Hercules, and isn’t even of a chef, art experts concluded after a two-year study.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Ice castles turn farmland into winter wonderland
On a clear, frigid night in a courtyard made of walls of ice, Bruce McCafferty and his young son stand mesmerized, bathed in the pulsating rainbow light emanating from a series of stout ice formations.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

THE ROMAN ANSWER TO COMFORT FOOD
When I crave a comforting weeknight meal that's guaranteed to please the entire family and can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes, I make a pasta carbonara.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Bobby Flay, Martha Stewart among big name chefs in Miami
Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Martha Stewart and Guy Fieri are among the chefs fanning out across South Florida.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

No injuries reported in Oregon food cart explosion
Residents in Eugene's Whiteaker neighborhood were jolted by an explosion of a food cart in the area Sunday morning.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

The Wall Street journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, March 2, 2019

'Sopranos' creators look back at legacy of the show
Back in 1997, then-up-and-coming actor Michael Imperioli was mulling two work offers: a cable TV show pilot and a small role in a Woody Allen film.
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Author writes part biography, part Hollywood history
If there was an Academy Award for movie books, Victoria Riskin would be making room beside the Oscar her father won for writing the romantic comedy classic “It Happened One Night.” Part biography, part Hollywood history, part love story, Riskin’s memoir about her parents is captivating and poignant.
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Millikin University's Percussion Ensemble presents "Synergy" Feb. 24
Kirkland Fine Arts Center and the Millikin University School of Music will present the Percussion Ensembles' Synergy concert on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Review: A sweet swan song for 'How to Train Your Dragon'
Born in the 3-D land rush, "How to Train Your Dragon" has never quite shrugged off the bland corporate sheen attached to it from the start. But almost a decade since taking flight in 2010, these movies have made up for their lack of fire with enough sincerity and genuine sense of wonder to sustain a mild but moving trilogy.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Review: Tom Rosenstiel looks at murky politics after attack
Ex-Army investigator and political fixer Peter Rena and his partner, Randi Brooks, are taking on their next adventure in the swamp of Washington, D.C., and the central event is a deadly attack on a diplomatic complex in North Africa. This may sound familiar to many.
Thursday, February 21, 2019

AP Oscar predictions: What will win and what should win
Ahead of Sunday’s 91st Academy Awards, Associated Press film writers Lindsey Bahr and Jake Coyle share their predictions for a ceremony with few sure things.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Central Illinois native wins Oscar for costume design
For movie fans, the Academy Award carries a mystique like no other, and represents the pinnacle of cinema in any given year.  Sixty-nine years ago, a central Illinois native took home an Oscar, a highlight in a lengthy movie career spent behind the scenes.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

'Jeopardy!' bringing all the greats together
Glance around the “Jeopardy!” set during rehearsals for its first-ever team championship and it’s easy to be intimidated by the assembled brain power.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Milwaukee museum features thousands of bobbleheads
A new museum in Milwaukee may well hold the largest collection of bobbleheads anyone has ever seen, displaying more than 6,500 figures of athletes, mascots, celebrities, animals, cartoon characters, politicians and more.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Review: Gervais crafts intelligent and thoughtful thriller
Pierce Hunt has returned from a six-month forced leave after a reporter is injured during a bust even though it's not Hunt's fault.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Outtakes: Regina King on white lies, directing and '227'
Regina King — who is nominated for her first-ever Academy Award for her work in “If Beale Street Could Talk” — discusses sitting in the director’s chair and following up on the promise she made to female filmmakers during her Golden Globes speech in outtakes from a recent interview with The Associated Press. Read the interview here .
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Central Minnesotans' tattoo art to be collected at museum
Grace Duxbury keeps an art collection on her at all time
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Great gadgets for travel enthusiasts
Travel enthusiasts know that venturing off to parts unknown can be unpredictable. As a result, travelers can never be too prepared. Some gadgets can help the world's wanderers overcome unforeseen obstacles while overseas, while others can simply add to the enjoyment of visiting a faraway land for the first time.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

YOU SAY RISOTTO, WE SAY FARROTTO
Surely, you've heard of risotto.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Beverage group cheers ruling on soda ad warnings
The Latest on a San Francisco law requiring health warnings on advertisements for soda .
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Fact vs. Fiction: Lincoln and Kennedy
Do you know about all the “eerie parallels” between Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy? Elected 100 years apart, concerned with civil rights, replaced by men named Johnson. The list goes on. But which ones are significant and which ones are routine coincidence or outright lies?
Saturday, February 16, 2019

53rd Annual Shelby County Art Show April 13 - 14
The 2019 Shelby County Art Show information is available for artists to plan their entries.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Rolling in the deep: HBO documentary film looks at roller skate culture
First-time documentary filmmakers Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler lugged their cameras to Central Park in New York one day to capture the last few people still passionate about roller skating. Rinks across the country were gone. The activity seemed dead.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

'High Flying Bird' exhilarating fast break
Straight, “no chaser” is how NBA agent Ray Burke (Andre Holland) likes his news in “High Flying Bird,” and the same could be said for the cinematic preferences of director Steven Soderbergh, whose stripped-down latest is a fleet-footed fast break of a movie.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

King the wire fox terrier take Westminster's best
Wire fox terriers are still King at Westminster.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

John Phillip Sousa returns to Peoria
The Bradley University Symphonic Winds, conducted by Dr. David Vroman, will present a costumed, turn-of-the-century park concert in Dingeldine Music Center on the Bradley campus Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. The concert will be presented in the same style that John Philip Sousa used to entertain large audiences and which made him a household name throughout the United States.
Monday, February 11, 2019

'Broken Ground' gives insight to Scotland's role in war
(AP) —The past is always in the present for Edinburgh Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie, making her fifth appearance in Val McDermid’s expertly plotted “Broken Ground.” As head of the Historic Cases Unit — that would be cold cases in the United States — Karen is used to investigations that aren’t just old but also give a glimpse of life in the past.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Suicide survivor featured speaker at Focus on the Future event
Best-selling author and award-winning documentary filmmaker Kevin Hines will be the featured guest speaker at the Macon County Mental Health Board’s Focus on the Future event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 12 at the Mt. Zion Convention Center. The event is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend. To register, log on www.mcmhb.com/focus-on-the-future-2019/.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

'Flower Drum Song' author C. Y. Lee dead at 102
C.Y. Lee, whose novel “The Flower Drum Song” became a best seller and the basis for a popular stage musical and Oscar-nominated film despite mixed critical reactions and concerns about stereotypes, has died at age 102.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Film: Farhadi channels Agatha Christie in thriller set in Spanish village
There are few more seductive things to watch onscreen than a big, wine-soaked, multi-generational family wedding like the one that happens early in “Everybody Knows,” Asghar Farhadi’s new thriller set in a picturesque Spanish village. 
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Keith Urban to play at NHL Stadium Series outdoor game in Philadelphia
The NHL took the Stanley Cup to Keith Urban’s studio last year, and now the country music star will be taking his talents outside to play a league event.
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Super Bowl ads that got the greatest buzz
This year some of the Super Bowl ads that grabbed the greatest buzz were surprises, like Bud Light’s “Game of Thrones” teaser. Other crowd-pleasers focused on humor, like Amazon’s take on celebrity product testers.
Monday, February 4, 2019

New York museum exhibit marks Jackie Robinson centennial
As the 100th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's birth approached, Sharon Robinson was sure her father would have a lot to say about the current political climate in the United States if he were still alive.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Tame the rooster: embrace the cold weather with coq au vin
The origins of coq au vin (cock in wine) is steeped in frugality and addressed how to cook a tough rooster by tenderizing the meat with a long braise. The resulting stew was deliciously rich in wine and aromatics, so it's easy to see why this French specialty has transcended time.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

New Illinois State Museum exhibit to highlight immigrants to Illinois
Estanislao Goff came to Illinois from Mexico in 1918 to escape death at the hands of Pancho Villa’s guerillas.  Pierre Menard came in 1791 to capitalize on the fur trade. Winifred Barringer came from England in 1946 as a war bride. Bettye Kelley came from Mississippi in 1963 to escape the racism of the Jim Crow South. All left behind familiar faces and places for the opportunity to build a better life in Illinois.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

2019 US History Teacher Seminar explores how Abraham Lincoln's words transformed a nation
This summer, educators will spend a week in Springfield, Illinois exploring Lincoln’s life and writings in a Teacher Seminar created by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Teacher Seminar called “Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation.”
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Maple Syrup Programs at Rock Springs, Feb 16
Discover where maple syrup comes from at the Macon County Conservation District’s Maple Syrup programs at Rock Springs Conservation Area on Saturday, February 16.  Programs will be held hourly at 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Super Saturday at Illinois State Museum tomorrow
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield invites families to two upcoming special events featuring February holidays and African American history.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Film: 'Arctic' is a solid, and solitary, survival tale
The premise for "Arctic " is so simple it's almost silly to describe: Stranded man tries to survive. It's also been done more than a few times in movies, so it's understandable if hearing that invokes a yawn. And yet with barely any dialogue, traditional storytelling methods or even a cute pet or inanimate object to help, director Joe Penna and star Mads Mikkelsen have made a riveting and precisely plotted film worthy of other greats in the genre.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Winslow writes a novel about the war on drugs
Don Winslow’s epic trilogy about America’s longest war, which he launched with “The Power of the Dog” in 2005 and continued with “The Cartel” in 2015, comes to a powerful and troubling conclusion in his new novel, “The Border.”
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Leyla McCalla sets aside her trademark cello for banjo and guitar
Look, Ma, no cello!
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Loyal friend keeps word to Earnest Hemingway
When the 1958 film adaptation of “The Old Man and the Sea” hit theaters, Ernest Hemingway happened to be in New York City to watch the World Series and invited his close friend A.E. Hotchner to go see the movie with him.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Jackson stage musical to premiere in Chicago
A stage musical about Michael Jackson will premiere in Chicago later this year before heading to Broadway in 2020.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Music: Joe Jackson's 20th album dynamic, energetic
Joe Jackson and his band went straight from the stage to the studio to record “Fool,” and his 20th studio album displays plenty of the dynamics and energy usually found in live performances.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

A goofy, sweet and modern spin on Arthurian legend
The Arthurian legend gets a modern and more youthful spin in "The Kid Who Would Be King ," a surprisingly delightful film full of action, heart, a crazy-haired Patrick Stewart (as "old" Merlin) and a few genuinely good gags, and it really couldn't have come at a better time.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Cartoon library gets five decades of Marmaduke
A Great Dane known for making mischief has a permanent home in Columbus.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Vandalia Statehouse to celebrate Lincoln's birthday
The Vandalia Statehouse State Historic Site will celebrate Abraham Lincoln’s birthday with a special event on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Singer Chris Brown detained in Paris
U.S. singer Chris Brown and two other people are in custody in Paris after a woman filed a rape complaint, French officials said Tuesday.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

'Roma,' 'The Favourite' lead Oscar nominations
Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” and Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” led all films with 10 nominations each to the 91st Academy Awards, while Netflix and Marvel each scored their first best picture nomination.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Pastor predicted score in Patriot's AFC win
A Maine pastor who publicly predicted the final score of Sunday night’s AFC championship game isn’t claiming divine intervention. But he’s confident the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl as well.
Monday, January 21, 2019

Millsap returns to iconic studio for a duets album
Country soul icon Ronnie Milsap is a bit of a studio geek, and he thinks a lot about music technology and recording equipment. So it makes sense that he spent a long time getting 13 other singers and bands into the studio to record duets with him for a new album, “Ronnie Milsap: The Duets,” to be released Friday, just two days after his 76th birthday.
Monday, January 21, 2019

A peek at how Disney resort shows are made
With excitement building over a new “Star Wars” land opening later this year at Walt Disney World, as well as at its California cousin, it’s easy to forget a slew of new entertainment shows also are debuting in the biggest year for the Florida theme park resort in two decades.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Book review: 'Freefall' is entertaining, suspenseful

“Freefall” begins as an action-packed/heart-stopping thriller as it logically and smoothly leads into the self-examination of two women estranged from each other but still united by love. 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Ronnie Milsap returned to his iconic studio for duets album
Country soul icon Ronnie Milsap is a bit of a studio geek, and he thinks a lot about music technology and recording equipment. So it makes sense that he spent a long time getting 13 other singers and bands into the studio to record duets with him for a new album, “Ronnie Milsap: The Duets,” to be released Friday, just two days after his 76th birthday.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

A lighter, fresher alternative to mashed potatoes
Sometimes, a fluffy, creamy side dish is called for, and potatoes just won't do the trick (shocker). It may simply be that potatoes are not the perfect match to the accompaniment, or the cuisine may not traditionally include potatoes, or (no judgment) you binged on a bowl of spuds last night and want to take a breather.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Impossible Foods Accelerates Launch of Impossible Burger 2.0
-In response to overwhelming demand from critics and restaurateurs, Impossible Foods is accelerating the rollout of Impossible Burger 2.0 to about 200 restaurants nationwide this week and to thousands more over the upcoming weeks.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum honors the life of John F. Kennedy through photographs
An exhibition of photographs tracing John F. Kennedy’s private life and public trajectory opens at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Feb. 15. Some are iconic images of Camelot, while many have rarely been seen before.
Saturday, January 19, 2019

Illinois State Museum earns award of distinction
The Illinois Association of Museums has recognized the Illinois State Museum as the Leader Institution of the Year (2018), one of the association's "Awards of Distinction" that recognize excellence in the museum field, the highest honor given by the IAM.
Friday, January 18, 2019

King's most famous speech on display in Springfield
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum will celebrate Martin Luther King’s legacy on Monday, Jan. 21, by presenting his most famous speech and welcoming community groups that work to better the lives of others.
Friday, January 18, 2019

Millikin chorale winter tour finales concert Sunday
The Millikin University Collegiate Chorale will present the final concert of its 2019 Winter Tour on Sunday, Jan. 20, at Central Christian Church, located at 650 W. William St. in Decatur, Ill., beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Morris starts 2nd album with 'GIRL'
Maren Morris knew the importance of selecting the first single she released from her much-anticipated second record, but as soon as she heard the demo of “GIRL,” she knew this was the song she wanted to lead off the album.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Film review: Documentary 'They Shall Not Grow Old' an immersive marvel
Director Peter Jackson is upfront about what audiences should not expect from his unconventional World War I documentary, “They Shall Not Grow Old.“ This is a film made by a non-historian for an audience of non-historians, he says. There are no dates, names or locations. Neither are there any talking heads or historians or politics. It’s just images and the voices of those who were there, telling their own stories.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Maren's debut 'Sugar Run' is heartfelt
Flawed people and a forceful look at an area ravaged by an economic downturn and a rising opioid epidemic meld in the character-driven "Sugar Run," Mesha Maren's novel debut.
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Spielberg casts 17-yr. old unknown to play Maria in 'West Side Story'
Steven Spielberg has cast an unknown 17-year-old from New Jersey to play Maria in his remake of “West Side Story.”
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Satisfaction: Rolling Stones to headline 50th Jazz Fest
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has got satisfaction: The Rolling Stones are among the headliners for the 50th anniversary festival.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

CBS' Mo Rocca to begins series on 'Mobituaries'
CBS News “Sunday Morning” correspondent and humorist Mo Rocca has his own spin on obituaries.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Broadway legend Carol Channing dead at 97
Carol Channing, the lanky, ebullient musical comedy star who delighted American audiences over almost 5,000 performances as the scheming Dolly Levi in "Hello, Dolly!" on Broadway and beyond, has died. She was 97.
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

LLCC's James S. Murray Gallery features "Tranquility of Nature" Jan. 14-31
The James S. Murray Gallery at Lincoln Land Community College will feature the Chinese brush painting exhibit “Tranquility of Nature” by Su Ge Jan. 14-31. The public is invited to view the exhibit weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is located on the upper level of Menard Hall on the LLCC Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Fireflies light up the lunch hour on Jan. 16
Bring your lunch to the Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center for a dose of summer during the heart of winter on Wed., Jan. 16. During the ISM Brown Bag program from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., ISM adjunct researcher Dr. Tracy Evans will present recent research on fireflies.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

'The First Conspiracy' unspools plot on Washington in 1776
“The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington” (Flatiron Books), by Brad Meltzer and Josh Mensch.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Review: 'The Upside' is a cliche-ridden, exploitative mess
It's said that January is one of the prime months that Hollywood chooses to dump its most embarrassing films and "The Upside" doesn't exactly disprove that notion.
Thursday, January 10, 2019

Spacey enters not guilty plea in groping
Lawyers for Kevin Spacey entered a not guilty plea on his behalf in Massachusetts court Monday on charges he groped an 18-year-old busboy in 2016.
Monday, January 7, 2019

Val Mcdermind's gripping novel 'Broken Ground' gives readers new insight to Scotland's role in war
The past is always in the present for Edinburgh Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie, making her fifth appearance in Val McDermid’s expertly plotted “Broken Ground.” As head of the Historic Cases Unit — that would be cold cases in the United States — Karen is used to investigations that aren’t just old but also give a glimpse of life in the past.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Toot! Toot! New riverboat to ride Mississippi in New Orleans
Few experiences capture old New Orleans and the Mississippi River quite like a paddlewheel riverboat coming round the muddy bend with its tooting whistle horn, towering smoke stacks and water-churning propeller.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Did you know....
Drivers who travel between the United States and Canada or plan on renting a car for an international business trip or vacation should understand that driving rules vary from country to country.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Breakfast for dinner, Tunisian-style
"Shakshuka" is a traditional Tunisian breakfast composed of simmered tomatoes, peppers, aromatics and poached eggs. It's meant to be spicy, which is a nifty DIY method for keeping cool in the Saharan heat. (The more you sweat, the more you cool off.) As for us, it's a warm meal that screams comfort food, perfect in the dead of winter.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Snacks on wheels: PepsiCo tests self-driving robot delivery
Forget vending machines, PepsiCo is testing a way to bring snacks directly to college students.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Illinois State Museum launches new "Museum After Hours" series
The Illinois State Museum in Springfield will launch a new evening event series on Friday, January 25 featuring live music, food and fun, with the January theme of “Bye, Bye Bicentennial” in celebration of the Museum’s Bicentennial & Beyond:  The Illinois Legacy Collection exhibition, which will close on February 3.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

'Black Panther,' 'Crazy Rich Asians' snag PGA nominations
The producers behind hits “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “A Star Is Born” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” are among the 10 nominees for the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards.
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, January 5, 2019

Opera based on Sarah Kane's last play gets US premiere
Depression, rage, suicide: These are the dark ingredients of the last play written by Sarah Kane before she killed herself at age 28. Now an operatic version, as dazzling as it is disturbing, is having its U.S. premiere.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Millikin University Choir to embark on Winter Tour
The 43-voice nationally recognized Millikin University Choir will embark on a 16-day tour this January with stops in Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. The 2019 Winter Tour will begin with a performance on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, located at 501 S. Fourth St. in Springfield, Ill. The tour will conclude with a finale concert on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church located at 407 E. Eldorado St. in Decatur, Ill.
Friday, January 4, 2019

Netflix criticized for yanking comedian's episode in Saudi
Netflix faced criticism Wednesday from human rights groups for pulling an episode in Saudi Arabia of comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” series that criticized the kingdom’s powerful crown prince.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

New Year's Eve television viewership takes a dip
Television ratings for New Year’s Eve celebrations took a tumble this year — and you can probably partly blame the weather.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Conservation district hosting eagle viewing trips January and February
The Macon County Conservation District invites area residents to enjoy one of four Eagle Viewing Trips in January and February. All four trips are open to all ages.  Each trip departs from and returns to Rock Springs Nature Center. A fee of $25/person covers all transportation.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Box office breaks records in 2018
Broadway producers had plenty of reasons to pop the bubbly as 2018 wound down, with many shows recording their most profitable weeks despite some eye-popping ticket prices.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Daryl Dragon, Captain of Captain & Tennille, dead at 76
Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing “Captain” of Captain & Tennille who teamed with then-wife Toni Tennille on such easy listening hits as “Love Will Keep Us Together” and “Muskrat Love,” died Wednesday. He was 76.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Netflix's 'Bird Box' success gets Hollywood clucking
Netflix said 45 million subscriber accounts worldwide watched the Sandra Bullock thriller “Bird Box” during its first seven days on the service, the biggest first-week success of any movie made for the company’s nearly 12-year-old streaming service.
Thursday, January 3, 2019

Syrian TV-chef opens restaurant in Berlin
BERLIN (AP) — Tucked away in a former fast-food kiosk in the German capital lies a new restaurant whose owner hopes will provide a taste of home for the thousands of new arrivals who have fled Syria's brutal civil war.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

Fondue: It's more than a '70's style party
It perplexes me when the subject of cheese fondue comes up, and it's often accompanied by a smile and a reference to the '70s. This quintessential alpine dish should not be relegated to that bygone era evoking images of shag rugs, shaggier hair and textured bell-bottoms.
Saturday, December 29, 2018

'Aquaman' outswims'Poppins,' 'Bumblebee' with $67.4M debut
NEW YORK (AP)‚ - In a flood of new releases, "Aquaman" easily swam past "Mary Poppins Returns" and "Bumblebee" to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Thursday, December 27, 2018

Explore Dinosaurs and Dragons at Rock Springs
Why have dragons existed in our imaginations for centuries? Compare fact from fiction as we discuss the difference between mythical dragons and prehistoric dinosaurs during Dinos Vs. Dragons at Rock Springs Nature Center on Thursday, December 27 at 2pm. For all ages. Free. Must pre-register online by noon on December 26 at MaconCountyConservation.org.
Monday, December 24, 2018

'Aquaman' outswims 'Poppins,' 'Bumblebee' with $67.4M debut
In a flood of new releases, “Aquaman” easily swam past “Mary Poppins Returns” and “Bumblebee” to lead the busy pre-Christmas weekend with an estimated $67.4 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
Monday, December 24, 2018

Book reflects on Rock Hudson's closeted love life
Had Rock Hudson not died of AIDS in 1985, he might be best remembered as the most successful of the postwar male stars who got into the movies solely on their looks. He remained on the screen for decades because of a likability that can’t be learned or manufactured.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

'Watch What Happens Live' host Andy Cohen to become dad
It was “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen instead of one of his reality show guests who dished up a surprise for his audience.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Hold up, fans, Beyonce did not release new music
There’s no more juice in Beyonce’s lemonade jar: The singer did not release new music though two albums featuring old Beyonce songs hit streaming services Thursday.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

3 tips to plan your dream vacation
If asked to come up with an idea for their dream vacations, many people may not hesitate to name a destination. The Egyptian pyramids, the Great Wall of China and St. Peter's Basilica are just a few of the many attractions people have on their bucket lists.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Redolent And Flavorful
This light and moist cake will carry you through the holidays and, for that matter, any day. Redolent with orange and cardamom and spiked with Grand Marnier, it's delicious for brunch or afternoon tea and spiffy enough for dessert. Almond flour adds a slight nuttiness and wholesome crumb to the cake. Do not skimp on the orange zest, as it adds a zing of citrus flavor and fragrance. The sea salt is optional in the glaze, but if you lean that way, really go for it.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Bakers upset with missing tips on Hershey's Kisses candy
Bakers are complaining that something is amiss with Hershey’s Kisses.
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Wall Street Journal Best-Sellers
Saturday, December 22, 2018

Paint the Walls at Dickson Mounds kicks off 2019 Tot Time Series
At Dickson Mounds Museum on Thursday, January 3 at 9:30 a.m., the Tot Time program will be ‘Paint the Walls.’  Tots and their caretakers may enjoy learning about ancient symbols and drawing the images on the walls. Tots may have fun making their own symbols and art on the walls, too. 
Saturday, December 22, 2018

List of top holiday songs and movies listed in AP-NORC poll
A list of the top holiday songs and films or television that were listed as favorites in an open-ended question poll of 1,067 U.S. adults conducted by AP-NORC earlier this month. Works that were mentioned by at least two percent of respondents are included:
Saturday, December 22, 2018

AP-NORC Poll: Christmas carols favored over Billboard hits
Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is the highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 holiday hit in 60 years, but Americans still prefer hearing carols such as “Silent Night” and “Jingle Bells,” a new poll shows.
Saturday, December 22, 2018









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